Military troops on Saturday stormed Sapele, Jesse, Oghara in continuation of Operation Crocodile Smile in the Niger Delta region with a charge on officers and men of the operation to ensure they follow order and also be of good behaviour in order to get maximum support from the general public.
The Brigade commander of 4 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Benin, Edo state, Brigadier General Ibrahim Garba gave the order in Sapele, Delta State shortly before the operation crocodile smile stormed the area for what the army described as “show of force”.
Brigadier General Ibrahim Garba emphasised that the behaviour of the troup during the exercise will determine whether the general public will support or cooperate with the Army to achieve result adding that “internal security depends largely on information and intelligence and that the army can only perform ultimately if the general public is behind us”.
He said the Soldier cannot afford to do anything that would tarnish or smeared the image of the Nigerian Army while the Operation crocodile smile lasted reminding them that actions that could lead to revolt or resistance from the public should be duly avoided.
He said the force is in Delta state to protect lives and property and not to do anything otherwise saying that the general public are supposed to be the beneficiaries.
“I want the general public to be happy with us. I don’t want anything that would be done contrary because actions or inactions of one or two officers could tarnish the army good image. To this end, we must abide by the rules and regulations of our profession “, he warned.
Leading the troops of the operation crocodile smile 11 show of force around Sapele, Jesse, Oghara in Ethiope West local government and Koko and Abigborode both in Warri North local government Areas of Delta State, the Commanding officer 19 battalion Koko, LT. Col. MA Ma’aji avowed that the army resolves to discharge their common constitutional responsibilities and roles of protecting lives and property, eliminating all forms of prevalent crimes and attendant criminality from the Niger Delta area.
LT. Col. Ma’aji declared that no stone would be left unturned in ensuring that the military secured the territory from unwanted interferences.
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